Jumble Answers for 09/20/2018









Happy Thursday, everyone! All of the clue words this morning were recycled favorites, but the anagrams were fresh and new. WIZARD and SENSE were both instantly visible leaving me plenty of time to work through the other two. At first I thought GAVEL might have been GLAVE but it just didn’t look right. SUBMIT took the longest to decipher and is my pick for the most difficult anagram of the day. The oldest clue word today was WIZARD. Last used on 5/17/17, it was jumbled as DIRZWA. There’s no hiding the “Z” and “W” which makes the answer jump right out at you, almost as if by magic.

Our cartoon today was sports themed with the setting being a boxing arena. My eyes were instantly drawn to the boxer that is down on one knee which seems to indicate that he’s about to make a marriage proposal. The cartoon sentence confirmed my suspicion so I read the dialogue between the characters to get all the juicy details of this heartwarming event.

The commentators in the rear of the panel are telling their audience that they have a great view of the proposal. One would think that the boxing ring would obscure their view but Jeff took care of this obstacle by making sure that their table was elevated just enough to see over the ring and down on the floor. Jeff truly takes into account all of these minor details while drawing to make sure his work is as accurate and convincing as possible.

Turning my attention to the lovebirds, I was overjoyed to see that she accepted his proposal. Upon hearing the positive response, our champ enthusiastically responds with a punny reply of “You’ve knocked me out!”. Looking at the boxers eye, it seems as though this is the second time that he’s been knocked out today. My paper prints the cartoon in black and white and there’s a noticeably large black ring around his eye. This leads me to believe that the proposal took place shortly after the boxing match ended.

The surprise answer contained a pair of quotes which lets us know that we’re most likely going to have to work a bit to figure it out. After a few easy puzzles this week, I was more than ready to accept the task and enthusiastically began my solve. The letter layout was a modest 12-letters in length which I admit looked cryptic at first. The visual clues of the engagement ring and the boxing ring made RING the obvious starting point. SEAT and SIDE were easily found to deliver the finishing blow to this touching Jumble puzzle. Have a terrific Thursday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Bonus Content:

Earlier this year the Jumble creators helped a gentleman deliver a marriage proposal of his own in one of their puzzles. Click HERE to read this amazing story!


33 thoughts on “Jumble Answers for 09/20/2018

  1. ๐ŸŽถ She grabs your hand, this captivating creature…And like its planned, you’re in the phone book hunting for the nearest preacher…Life is swell, you’re off to that small hotel, and somewhere a village bell will sound in the steeple, announcing to people, Love’s the loveliest thing….And your heart goes: “RING-A-DING-DING, RING-A-DING-DING, RING-A-DING-DING…๐ŸŽถ “Ring-A-Ding-Ding” – Frank Sinatra 1961

    ๐Ÿ’ Where years ago a person asked another for their hand,
    Today it’s taken on a SENSE of pageantry so grand…
    Imaginations work to come up with creations bold,
    And some would hire a WIZARD if they thought it’d win them gold.
    The bigger and the better, the planning can’t unravel,
    Some act as if they should SUBMIT thoughts for a judges’ GAVEL…
    Friends look at what’s been done before, and then try to compete,
    It’s Marriage, it’s not Show Biz…do we need a “RING-SIDE” SEAT? ๐Ÿ’

    A little quirk with our words this morning…All from 2017, the two 6-letter ones were ON THE CARD four days apart last May, and the two 5-letter CONTENDERS APPEARED eight days apart last September. None of them were CHALLENGERS, but the oddity just caught my eye…

    Like the RING in this cartoon does! Today we find ourselves at a BOXING ARENA. Only one BOXER is shown. SPORTing a tiny scar on his cheek, and smiling while on bended knee, he’s proposing to his surprised and elated girlfriend with a huge diamond RING in a Red box. And talk about a KNOCKOUT! Does this RING come with a WRIST strap? A courtesy ARMed guard? Can she actually walk aROUND with that thing? And GO THE DISTANCE? It is BEAUTIFUL… As are our BOXER’s words to his intended…”You’ve KNOCKED ME OUT”! Even the Announcer agrees…Clad in a Blue Suit and tie, and vaguely resembling Howard Cosell, the legendary Sports Journalist who served as BOXING Announcer for many years, he’s quite excited aBOUT the PERFORMANCE. Is it supposed to be Howard? And then who’s his mustached partner? Shirt-sleeved, and also sporting a tie, he looks a little familiar too…But, since Jeff told me last year that he’s not a BOXING fan, I’m not making any WAGERS on it…it’s just SPECULATION. Plus, considering someone among the SPECTATORS in the black-silhouetted background is holding up a #1 Foam Finger, and another a cell phone? They weren’t aROUND back then when Howard held court RING SIDE, so I’m not going to KNOCK my head against the wall worrying about it…
    But what is another quirky little coincidence? The other night at the Emmy’s, the Director, Glenn Weiss, upon winning, went on to propose to his girlfriend from the stage…Now that’s a public proposal! Only these cartoons are drawn up many weeks in advance, so it can’t really hold any WEIGHT here…But we’re all in on this proposal..we all have a “RING-SIDE” SEAT!

    So, I’m GOING IN FOR THE KILL. Eye Candy…Nicely dressed couple at ringside, right. He’s sporting purple shades! And I like that he doesn’t have sideburns. Our BOXER’S clad in Black Trunks, with Red Piping, nicely matching the RING box. Our future Bride, Green Top, Black Skirt, Black Pumps. And then there’s that RING…The Diamond’s colored Gold, with lines of illumination emanating from it…It’s definitely the MAIN EVENT…but it’s not today’s eye candy…Next to Announcer #2’s microphone? The yellow BELL? RING-A-DING-DING! So, There you have it Folks, Done! Have a great day, Everyone! And if you ever find yourself sitting RING SIDE? Bring a towel…Trust me, bring a towel! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

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    • Angela–a Sinatra song I don’t think I have heard before but certainly serves a bell-purpose for our cartoon. When I saw your Sinatra, I immediately thought: “Love and Marriage” and then later on , not a Sinatra song but—-“Ring of Fire” Looking at the size of that rock, that would be all right.
      Your poem brought the Emmy proposal to mind, before I read your last paragraph—talk about grandstand proposals!! Can you get a bigger audience than National TV???
      Eye Candy? You pay so much more attention to clothing details than I, and I am always perplexed at what I’ve missed. Thanks for pointing those details out and am I incorrect or did you ignore the pointy-toed stilettos??? What colour were they? Just joshing you this AM—hope all goes well for you and all the Jumble Answer afficianados. Tilll tomorrow.

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      • Hey Earl…For some reason, this just showed up in my mail. And in my Junk folder to boot. Where it was for the last 2 1/2 hours is anybody’s guess. I don’t consult the page for comments, I go strictly by emails. Maybe I should start doing both…You know me, I always go with the first piece of music that pops into my head..and ๐ŸŽถRing-A-Ding๐ŸŽถ just HIT that frontal lobe like a One-Two punch this morning! But I can see your choices, and realize I’ve never considered Johnny Cash. I think I’m holding out for ๐ŸŽถFolsom City Blues๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, the RING was a serious ROCK! The Emmy proposal HIT me as soon as I saw the cartoon. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with love…And I think Romance is a lost art, but I’m also for simpler times. There’s something about these grand gestures that just seems so impersonal. Flash mob proposals, structured elaborate happenings, photographers present..IDK, it just seems too over the top…like you’re doing it for everyone else’s benefit, Grandstanding…where I think a proposal should be personal..a one on one..But, whatever. Too bad today, a lot of the marriages don’t last as long as the planning stages for the proposals! The Fashion…just my “other” passion besides the Music…But I did mention our girls’ shoes. Black Pumps. Granted, I may have overlooked the pointy toes, but they don’t appear to be ๐Ÿ‘  stilettos. I went back just now to check! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just your average pump! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out the Sinatra (BMH) song, if you get a chance, I think you’ll like it…Thanks for the Shout Out, and again I apologize for not seeing this sooner…and BTW, as always, your entry today was the work of a WIZARD! Have a good one, Earl! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  2. The judge was a WIZARD in using his GAVEL to bring order and SENSE to his courtroom and had no problem in getting witnesses to SUBMIT to questioning.
    I agree Mike, SUBMIT was the most difficult to unscramble–I often find compound words tough. The others were a snap and the solution, quotation marks and all, was not overly tough. The RING part of the answer was hinted at in the cartoon and the dialogue and SIDE SEAT was also hinted at—very clever.
    Thanks for pointing out details–I also see the Puzzle in black and white but did not notice the black eye the boxer was sporting. I suspect others will see more “eye-candy” than i noticed but I;m satisfied with what has been mentioned.
    More later–off to run some errands before some GOOFY weather strikes in Western/Central NY.

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    • The last time we saw SUBMIT was on 5/21/17 with an anagram of BUSTIM. I thought todays was much more challenging for some reason.

      I had a feeling that GAVEL was going to make your sentence โ€œcourtroomโ€ themed. There really isnโ€™t any other way to easily use it. Perfect flow and just enough detail to let us know that heโ€™s one judge you donโ€™t want to mess with. Enjoy your day!


  3. Good morning. You three amigos did an outstanding job today. From the facts (just the facts) to the song choice and puns to the judge ruling his court. Let me make sense as to the hardest word. You say tomato and I say—— You know how that goes. I had no problem with three words. They were almost instant reads but,Sense took some time for me to grasp. What should have been the easiest of them all almost stymied me. The cartoon answer was fairly simple after studying the picture. The clues to solve it were right there. Right away I figured the last word was Seat and checking the remaining letters gave me the first two words. Another blow for victory. Until tomorrow stay well. Oh Angela,Queens came in first and Manhattan came in second. Sad note. Some thief stole a set of bocce balls and four green balls from our box. Two of the board members were told to keep the box closed but twice they opened it not realizing what might happen. One of our guys saw the back of someone walking with a set in his hands but didn’t put 1+2 together until it was too late. There must have been at least 75-100 people there.

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    • Sometimes itโ€™s the easy ones that are the hardest, Paul. I always pick the anagram that troubled me the most which sometimes isnโ€™t always the most difficult one for everyone else. Your thoughtful post is just the reason why I choose one. It allows us to discuss the minutia of the game that is often overlooked. The same goes for the details!

      I always laugh when you say โ€œjust the factsโ€ when describing my analysis. Often times the โ€œfactsโ€ arenโ€™t interpreted the same way for everyone so I try to break down each element of the puzzle into digestible bits. I do try to slip a punny line in every now and then to make it entertaining but I tend to think that readers appreciate a more straightforward approach. Enjoy your Thursday, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hey Brooklyn, Good Morning. Did you guys even consider Queens to be a threat? M’tan you knew was gonna come in with guns blazing. I don’t know very much about the teams from Queens. What part? I’m sorry to hear about the theft. You know to walk away with that many balls, whoever it was had to be carrying a bag..and a big enough one too…You’d think with so many people around that something would have been seen. So what happens now? Does the Parks Dept replace them for you since it happened during the tournament, or do you guys have to pay for them yourself? You’re probably looking at about $150+ . That s—s! Too bad you guys don’t have cameras on the court…But I doubt the city would pony up for that…Thanks for the Shout Out, Friday…Have a good one! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


      • All five boroughs were represented in the tournament. That’s all we knew. Never figured to win because these were exceptionally good players. The set of balls the guy took was the brand new set with cover that our team won at Dyker Heights plus 4 green balls from another set. The Parks Department said they would replace our stolen set. Nothing yet.

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      • Of course…Whoever took it wasn’t going to grab an old set…It’s a shame. They’re expensive. But I’m even surprised the Parks Dept said they’d make good for it. They should, since it happened at an affair sanctioned by them. I really hope they come through for you guys…Did you catch my “Friday” salutation? I may start calling you that..Joe. Joe Friday!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  4. Clever puzzle this morning. For some reason gavel was the word that took me the longest to solve. Figured “ring” would be one of he words in the cartoon answer so once I figured that one out the rest fell into place. Beautiful day here today. Hope you all have a good one.

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      • See, donโ€™t take offense if I miss one of your puns, I even miss my own! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Good catch. ๐ŸŽฃ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • LOL..Steve…Take OFFENSE? Are we back on Chuck’s thread again?๐Ÿ˜‚ You’ve never heard me speak of offense…Disappointment…perhaps. SMH…perhaps…But never offense…Hmm. We might be back on the other conversation..’Cause this certainly sounds like the Jets, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


    • That’s not the question. The question is “Did he get a three finger discount.” Well done Clay,you got plenty of laughs. Hope everybody knows what a three finger discount is.

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      • Angela, you’re right however the cartoon people only had three fingers therefore, three finger discount. When I said just the facts I was referring to Joe Friday from Dragnet. You got the drift. Ciao

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      • Hey Bud…Sure I got your 3-finger reference and the relation to the cartoon people,.. both you and Clay gave me a laugh! But I did think that maybe you learned the phrase as such. I’d always heard it only as a 5. And I caught your “Just the Facts” phrase the other day when you first snuck it in..I called you Friday that day too…I’m not sure if you noticed. You know all of us from Brooklyn have always made Dragnet jokes, so of course I got your drift…I left a comment about it before, but it was deleted… but I think it’s a hilarious reference..and I tip the cap to you…Have a good one, Brooklyn….A lot of Sports on tap for NY tonight…Enjoy! โšพ๏ธ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


  5. Rather than focus on the troublesome word, submit, I’ll nominate wizard as the easiest as it jumped right out to me. As far as the overall solution, ring was my first solution, but I put it as the third 4 letter word rather than the first, but after getting side as another 4 letter word solution, ring side seat came into view.

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  6. Hi all – Only SUBMIT took an extra look, because I first tried words ending in โ€œ-ISMโ€.

    Nothing else comes to mind, so Iโ€™ll just wish you all a great day.

    Angela, I didnโ€™t know that song either, but it reminded me of another with bells:
    ๐ŸŽตโ€There’s a village hidden deep in the valley
    Beneath the mountains high above
    And there, twenty years thereafter
    Jimmy was to meet his love
    All the chapel bells were ringing,
    Was a great day in his life
    Cause the songs that they were singing
    Were for Jimmy and his wifeโ€.๐ŸŽต โ€œThe Three Bellsโ€ by The Browns

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  7. Speaking of the other Browns, the NFL team, after going 1-31 the last 2 years,and 0-1-1 ( 1 tie) this year, are actually favored over the Jets in tonight’s game, which is kind of an anniversary of the first ever Monday night NFL game , which also featured the Jets vs the Browns in 1970.

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    • Since โ€œJimmyโ€ in the song by The Browns that I quoted is named โ€œJimmy Brownโ€, your post is actually about the other, other, OTHER Browns! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Weโ€™re having a brown-out here! ๐Ÿ˜‚. Great trivia though. I hope Hugh Jackson doesnโ€™t have to jump in the lake this year. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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    • Chuck, you may enjoy this. He really “trotted” into Lake Erie more than jumped…But he kept his word, and his heart was in the right place…Here’s to a better Season for you guys..๐Ÿท and Good Luck tonight…Enjoy the game…๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป
      PS: The comments sometimes are better than the article…


    • Hi Ann..It’s out there…It’s been up since 5 o’clock this morning.. Go to the top of this page, 9/20, and at the right hand side you should see the words “Previous and Next”..
      Click or tap on NEXT, and it should bring you to today’s page…Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป


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